It’s time for the twentieth Grand Prix of the season. Today we kick off at 3:00 PM on the Losail International Circuit for the next leg of this exciting year.
This afternoon’s race will be held at the Losail International Circuit, which is about 35 kilometers north of Doha and is therefore on the calendar for the first time this year as the Grand Prix of Qatar. The track was built in 2004 and has been mainly used in MotoGP since then. It hasn’t been re-surfaced since 2004, so the track has already been run in quite a bit. That should ensure that there is a lot of grip. The 5,380-kilometer circuit features many long twisters that are taken at high speed and require a lot of downforce, generally good types of track for the men of Red Bull Racing. There is also a long straight with a DRS zone, where Mercedes can make a big difference. In short: we have to wait and see for one of the two remaining great unknowns.
Lewis Hamilton was able to seize pole position on Saturday afternoon. Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas qualified second and third respectively. Pierre Gasly and Fernando Alonso complete the top five. However, it remains to be seen whether Verstappen and Bottas can keep their second and third starting places. Both gentlemen must report to the race management prior to the race, because of an alleged violation under the (double) yellow flag. For this they could receive a grid penalty of three to five places.
Qatar Grand Prix Timetable
The Qatar Grand Prix will be held this afternoon from 3 p.m. Dutch time. The race can be viewed on Ziggo Sport and F1TV. Fortunately, if you are not near a television, you do not have to miss anything. You can also follow everything via our live blog on GPFans.com or in our app.